Cold Weather Bowhunting – 4 Things You Shouldn’t Do

Sunrise On A Frosty Morning

We have had a very mild fall so far in my area. In fact, I could have hunted in a t-shirt during the majority of the past couple weeks.  However, December is almost here, and as many of us wrap up our bowhunting seasons into January we will have to face some tough late-season conditions.  Here are four things that you can’t do if you are to remain an effective, accurate bowhunter and finish your season strong.

1)     Don’t forget the fundamentals

My days of dedicated practice sessions are long-gone.  The summer nights that I spent flinging arrow-after-arrow seem like a distant memory.  Sure, I have shot a few arrows here and there, but if I’m honest I would have to admit that my shooting effectiveness isn’t at 100% right now.  It is vital that I don’t forget the fundamentals of a good shot; using my shot sequence is more important now than it ever has been.

It is dark when I leave for work and dark when I return home in the evening.  Time to practice is hard to come by, so I have to get creative.  Shooting just a couple of arrows a day will help keep me sharp, even if I am shooting them at point blank range in my garage.

How can you get creative and find a way to maintain your shooting form?  Could you practice in your basement or garage?  Make it a goal to shoot just a couple of arrows a day, and don’t focus on the results, just focus on executing a relaxed shot with proper form.

2)     Don’t allow interference

We all know what a challenge it can be to stay warm in a treestand when the mercury falls.  And sometimes it seems nearly impossible to stay warm without looking like the Michelin Man…

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Sole Adventure Joins Western Hunter & Elk Hunter

Western Hunter & Elk Hunter

I am excited to announce that I am going to be doing some blogging for Western Hunter and Elk Hunter magazines.  It appears that many of you (readers of Sole Adventure) are whitetail hunters, but a good portion of you are also hunters from the West that chase Elk, Mule Deer, and other big game.  Either way – if you hunt the West or just dream about it – stay tuned to Sole Adventure, Western Hunter and Elk Hunter.  We’ve got some great things coming!

Wilderness Athlete Review

My first post for Elk Hunter is perfectly timed for the holiday season…

“Let’s face it – most of us have, at one time or another, gone on a health “kick”. We’ve tried this workout routine, or that product, but it is rare that we actually stick with it.  This time of year is especially rough on our health, diet, and fitness.  The hunting season is, or almost is, over for many of us.  The holidays are here, and along with the good times come a lot of good eats.  Then the New Year will be here, and if you are like a lot of folks, January 1st will bring reflection, regrets and resolutions.”

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End of the World Giveaway!

Also, be sure to check out their “End of the World” giveaway.  There are thousands of dollars of prizes up for grabs.  Enter before December 21st!

Big Buck Down! (Unfortunately)

The last five days have been an awesome time with family.  I hunted hard from late-October through most of November, so it was great to take a break and spend some quality time with loved ones.  Of course, I couldn’t have five days off of work and not hunt at all.

On Thanksgiving it was 72 degrees, but a cold front was rolling through on Friday afternoon and the lows for Friday evening were dropping to nearly 20-degrees.  My alarm went off at 4:00am on Saturday, and just as the forecast had predicted, it was blustery!

I bundled up and made a long, end-around hike to get to a treestand location that I have been saving for these exact conditions.  I was hoping that the cold snap was going to have a mature buck on his feet, cruising for some late breeding action.  This saddle on the high ridge was the perfect pinch point to catch some movement.

The first couple of hours after the sun came up were uneventful.  Then I heard some movement down the hillside.  I turned, scanned, and was disappointed to see a coyote trotting away.

It wasn’t long and this ‘yote was back, but this time he had another one with him.  Once again they trotted away in the same direction.

Thirty minutes passed and I heard something else move in the leaves; this time there were 3 coyotes and they were acting aggressively with one another.

At that moment I knew that they were battling over food.  But what exactly was it that they were feasting on?

I knew that my hunt was spoiled so I decided to cut my losses and head home.  I climbed down from my stand and made a quick glance down where the coyotes had been fighting.

I spotted a long tine sticking up and my heart sank.

Buck Down

I wasn’t about to risk invading the kill site with three aggressive coyotes in the area, so I decided to head home, grab a gun, and come back to investigate.

As you can see, what I discovered was a beautiful 10-point buck.  This buck had been shot with a rifle, and though the coyotes had just begun to tear into him, he was largely intact.

The primary firearms season had ended 5 days prior and there is no way that this buck could have been fatally shot that long ago.  There is also no way that this buck could have been shot in the legal firearms season and survived his wounds for that many days.  The only explanation is that someone shot him out of season and failed to recover him.

An extended, limited firearm season was still active at this time, but it was only for antlerless deer.  My guess is that someone was out hunting for does, but encountered this buck and couldn’t resist shooting him.  Apparently the lust for a trophy was greater than the burden of the law.

Buck Down

A buck of this caliber is a rare thing for this specific area.  I can’t tell you how frustrating it is to discover such a glorious animal that had been treated so poorly.  I have hunted hard for over 10 weeks, and passed many younger bucks, to get a chance at encountering a buck like this.  Here he was – the buck that I was after – and my hands were on him, but not in the way that I had hoped.

A big buck down…unfortunately.

Buck Down

Hunting For Food Doesn’t Make Sense

Hunting  with Grandpa's Rifle

People hunt for all kinds of reasons, but certainly a common one would be the acquisition of wild game for food.  Is that a valid reason to hunt in our modern day?  Is hunting for sustenance a legitimate pursuit?

Acquiring meat is as simple as making a quick drive, walking through a parking lot, selecting any cut we desire, and then paying for it.  That’s easy.

Hunting, however, is not so easy.  You have to find a place to hunt and then find the time.  Hunting requires that you educate yourself on the behavior of animals, as well as the proper use of your weapon.

Sometimes just seeing the game that you are pursuing is a challenge, but seeing them and being able to kill them are two completely different things.  Killing these smart, instinct-driven animals can be a tough test to pass.  Then, once skill and luck have mingled at fate’s choosing and you have killed some game, oh – then the work begins. Now you have to get your hands dirty and bloody; this too, takes more knowledge and time, and some fortitude.

The animal has now been found, killed, and cleaned, but how is it going to get to your plate?  Time is spent breaking down the animal into manageable sections, then trimming, selecting, and cutting. Finally, after many hours of work and dedication, you have something that somewhat resembles what you could have purchased in mere minutes at nearly any store.  But what they have at the store isn’t the same thing.

If meat is just meat, then hunting for food doesn’t make sense.

Maybe that doesn’t make sense.  Or, maybe you are a hunter, and all of this does make sense.

Maybe you are like me.

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The Wild Story of Alex’s Giant Buck

I am excited to share today’s story with you!  My buddy, Alex, is a hard-working hunter that had an opportunity to hunt Kansas this year.  His hunt didn’t go as planned, and he faced some pretty wild situations, but perseverance and luck proved to be a deadly combo, and he was able to tag a giant buck!

Alex Tagle's KS Buck

“With desperation, I reached for the cord and pulled my gear up as fast and as carefully as I could.  Of course, my bow hit my climbing sticks, which made quite a bit of noise, but something unexplainable occurred – this old, wise, and mature buck let me get away with it.”

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